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Thursday
Dec282017

8ban records - purposefully low-fi

The 8ban is a format I've wanted to cover for a few years, but it's not been simple, as while the special turntables are relatively easy to find, the miniature records that play on them have proved to be much more elusive. 
   
However I've finally been able to obtain a stack of unopened records together with a new-old-stock turntable upon which to play them, so it's high time to take a look at this low-fi format.
   

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Reader Comments (8)

Fantastic! I want one of those.

December 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSnimmsu

I don't think anyone said it on the youtube comment stream yet, but I'm pretty sure these are pronounce "HACHI-BAN" (meaning "number 8").

December 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich

'course I should say ... pronounced in Japan ...

December 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich

If you can find a good quality Hi Fi record deck with unrestricted arm movement, then turn up a centre to fit the centre, and then you could enjoy these records at their best. :-)
Thanks Matt for another entertain video.
I think at the time we used to joke about the letter A being misplaced with a letter T on the end,
Of course I had never heard the record in stereo.

December 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

hello, i just found a player that could be able to play an 8ban. its a german link but i am sure the british amazon has it as well.

https://www.amazon.de/Plattenspieler-Drehplatte-Wandler-Phonograph-Schreiben-Black/dp/B01MQPAVGT/ref=sr_1_13?s=ce-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1515111192&sr=1-13&keywords=plattenspieler

January 5, 2018 | Unregistered Commentergian

Thanks for this, I've wanted to get my hands on one for ages. This is the next best thing,

Did they have Hip Pocket Records vending machine records and micro-players in the UK?

January 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIsabelle Ringer

The only Hip Pocket records I've seen for sale came from the US.

January 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Does the panapic work with the records? Just asking out of curiousity

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey04

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